Seven Samurai is a film that nourishes a making quality that even today’s films would struggle to procure
Language: Japanese Year: 1954
The Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai is rich in creativity, perfection, and quality uncompromised. A classic that unfolds like a novel, it is one of the must-watch movies ever.
Annoyed and frustrated with the attacks of Bandits over the village, the farmers, under the advice of the village elder, hire a group of 7 Samurais, who are offered three times a meal a day in order to assassinate and get rid of the Bandits. The war and the preparation of the villagers and the Samurais to fight the Bandits and the events that occur with it forms the plot of the story.
Seven Samurai is a film that never gets old. The best thing about this film is its making. At a time when technologies had not evolved to its best or today’s form, Kurosawa created magic on screen. Such an unsurpassable, quintessential filmmaking which is perfect at each point. It is Kurosawa’s enormous talent and passion for filmmaking, that he carved such a beautiful, second to none in quality and creativity work.
Seven Samurai is an epitome of quality filmmaking. People, especially those who love cinema for its purest, soulful form, would love watching this epic. Also, the aspiring filmmakers, film students, critics, and all such people should watch this for sure as it has many things to learn and extract from.
Story and Script
One word, Perfect! When films today are finding it hard to pull a movie of more than 2.5 hrs without having the audience soporific, Akira Kurosawa, long before, crafted this epic saga as a director, and with Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni, penned the script for the film. The 207 min film doesn’t halt anywhere and keeps the viewers hooked to it.
Akira Kurosawa should be praised for his outstanding filmmaking. He created a film that is ahead of its time technically. In that period of time, when cinema and technology were just taking form, Kurosawa made a film that is technically and creatively unparalleled.
His observations, his visuals, are truly ahead of that time. When you watch this film, you remember that it doesn’t belong to this era only because it is black and white. Else if, one will forget that he or she is watching a film of the 1950s.
A film which is said to be perfect definitely means a brilliant cast. To name each of them is difficult since they were living the characters, competing each other in terms of performance, not letting us decide who is perfect. Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Isao Kimura, Daisuke Kato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba, and a number of other actors. All of them were indisputably outstanding. Legends!
The cinematography by Asakazu Nakai is brilliant. It is not just brilliant, but one of the pinnacle points of this film. The shots and their transitions are flawless. The climax war and fight scenes were cinematographed in a highly perspicuous way. There were no unnecessary dramatic shots used to convey an emotion, which at that time were used in many films, which actually was not so appealing.
Music by Fumio Hayasaka was just enough. It didn’t focus on enhancing the scene but emotions. It was not helping the scene to be better but an add on to the perfect scenario.
Seven Samurai is a film that has a powerful narrative and a strong script. It also has some soulful performances that will live forever. In the present time, where a bulk of visual effects, background music, etc, are required to lift a film successfully, the Akira Kurosawa film does it with just a strong screenplay and great artistic qualities.
It is a propelling film that has many things to learn from and every aspiring film student should watch it.